Welcome to my Growing Vegetables Site.
People often ask us "How's your allotment site
going ?, What are you growing ?, What have you grown ?"
It all started when my Father-in-law introduced me to his allotment in mid/late 2001. I was amazed at the variety of vegetables he was growing, but even more amazed by how much he got in return for a small outlay at the beginning of each year. My wife was already a keen gardener, and to this day still is. We decided to apply for a plot. A half plot was available, so the wife and I jumped at the chance. Most of early 2002 (the year we got it) was spent digging it over, and getting it into a workable state. Early/mid 2002, we started to plant vegetables in it. A small, initial outlay was required to start us off, but after only a few weeks, there was evidence of things growing. Much hard work ensued, and by the end of 2002, we had grown many vegetables, but more importantly, saved money on the shopping bill. 2003 saw us applying for the other half of our half plot, to give us a full plot. Again, much hard work was done to ensure the plot was ready for 2004.
Whilst harvesting vegetables, my first son was (and still is to this day), being taught what they were, and all about them. An added bonus was he was being educated, and, even now, helps the wife and I planting, harvesting, and doing other work. He's as keen as us to grow things (Check out his current sunflower record.It's just over 10 feet tall). But this all adds up to learning about gardening. Now our second son is here (born march 2005), we're hoping he will take a keen interest in gardening as he gets older, just as his brother has.
I will admit it's not easy looking after an allotment. Regular watering during the summer is required, weeding needs to be done quite often, manure and fertilizer needs at regular intervals to replenish the soil. Crop rotation (moving around of the crops, so the same crops don't grow in the same place year after year, thus lowering the chance of disease) also needs to be done. It all takes time, but when you consider 1 potato tuber can harvest upwards of 15-20 potatoes, it all seems worthwhile.
After the birth of our second son, The allotment became my retreat from family life. A place to chill out and relax. Don't get me wrong, my wife and kids still help me, but most of the time, I go there myself. Now, you ask
Would I stop doing this, now I'm a family man with family commitments?
You must be kidding.....Happy digging.
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